THE CAPITOL – The president of the House of Representatives, Carlos ‘Johnny’ Méndez Núñez, together with the representative Ángel Bulerín Ramos, announced on Tuesday, the allocation of one million dollars to rehabilitate the facilities of the old court in the municipality of Río Grande with the objective to turn it into a center of operations for the state police.
“Our goal is to provide greater security to the residents of Rio Grande, while at the same time providing use to a building that has been abandoned for over 16 years. For this reason, we began a dialogue with our friend, Representative Bulerín Ramos, with the idea of identifying the funds necessary to make this a reality. Today we are one step away from beginning the reconstruction work of the building that housed the old court so that it becomes the new police headquarters in this important town, ”Méndez Núñez said in a written communication.
“This assignment was approved in the Joint Resolution of the 2020-2021 Budget and also has the endorsement of the Fiscal Oversight Board, which understood our proposals about the benefits of the project and the positive impact it will have on citizens, both in its rehabilitation phase with the hiring of personnel to work, such as when the operations of the new command come into force, ”added Méndez Núñez, who also represents District 36, which includes the municipalities of Río Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Vieques and Culebra.
The former district court is located right in the center of the town of the aforementioned municipality, and it has been in disuse since May 7, 2004.
“The process of establishing the new headquarters of the Police Bureau in our municipality of Río Grande is well underway. The allocation of this million dollars for the rehabilitation of the old court will facilitate the new command headquarters. The State Police have the most modern equipment and all the security mechanisms available for the benefit of public order agents, as well as the citizens they protect, ”said Bulerín Ramos, who represents District 37 of Río Grande, Loíza and Canóvanas.
When the remodeling is complete, the new barracks will have, among other things, appropriate cells, a modern evidence room, as well as a hall for the Police Academy.